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Alan Colmes
The cover of Alan Colmes's book, Red, White & Liberal
Born September 24, 1950 (1950-09-24) (age 56)
New York City
Occupation TV personality, Talk radio host & Author
Spouse Dr. Jocelyn Crowley

Alan B. Colmes (b. September 24, 1950, New York City) is an American television journalist and radio talk show host who is best known as the liberal [1][2][3] half of the Fox News Channel's political debate program Hannity & Colmes, opposite neoconservative Sean Hannity. Image File history File linksMetadata Colmesbook. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized in a society. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... Cosette Dwyer is an amazing author. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... The Fox News Channel (FNC), sometimes called Fox News or even just Fox, is a United States-based cable and satellite news channel. ... Categories: Television stubs ... This article is about Neoconservatism in the United States, for neoconservatism in other regions, see Neoconservatism (disambiguation). ... Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, an executive producer and co-host of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, the host of the Fox News weekend program Hannitys America, and the author of two...


Early life and education

Colmes comes from a Jewish family. He is a graduate of Hofstra University. Colmes is married to Dr. Jocelyn Crowley, the sister of Monica Crowley, who has substituted several times for Hannity on Hannity & Colmes. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Hofstra University is a private institution of higher learning located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of wealthy lumber magnate William Hofstra and widow Kate Williams Hofstra. ... Monica Crowley (born September 19, 1968) is a conservative radio and television political commentator based in New York City. ...


Colmes started his radio career as a comedian in New York when WABC hired him to do the morning drive time show billed as "W. Alan B. Colmes". He was later fired, however, and got jobs at WNBC and WEVD. In his later professional life, he dropped the middle initial B. WABC may refer to: WABC (AM) (770 kHz), also known as NewsTalkRadio 77, the flagship station of the ABC Radio Network, serving the New York metropolitan area WABC-FM (95. ... Drive time is prime time for radio broadcasting. ... WEPN, more commonly known as 1050 ESPN Radio, is a round the clock all-sports talk station in New York City featuring national and local sports programming. ...

He was a well-known radio talk show personality in the New York City area before he was hired by Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes. The open spot had been temporary labeled as "LTBD" or "Liberal To Be Determined".[citation needed] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940) is the president of Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group. ...

Colmes hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show, The Alan Colmes Show, formerly Fox News Live with Alan Colmes. Colmes has written one book, Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong (ISBN 0-06-056297-8) which was published in October 2003. The Alan Colmes Show is a late night Fox News Talk show, hosted by Alan Colmes. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Colmes says that, despite their philosophical and ideological differences, his relationship with Hannity is a warm one, and that the reason for the success of Hannity & Colmes is "because of our differences, not in spite of them."


Alan Colmes has been criticized by some liberals for not being as aggressive as Hannity on television. Al Franken, a personal friend, is one of Colmes' most vocal critics; he printed Colmes' name in a smaller font throughout his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by referring to Hannity and Colmes as "Hannity and Colmes". Franken apologized for this on the October 27, 2005 edition of Colmes' radio program.[citation needed] Alan Stuart Al Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an Emmy Award–winning American comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, political commentator, radio host and, recently, politician. ... For the origin and evolution of fonts, see History of western typography. ... Franken on book tour Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right is a book of political commentary and satire by comedian and political commentator Al Franken, published in 2003 by Dutton, a subsidiary in the Penguin Group. ...

Colmes has sometimes been referred to disparagingly as a "Democrat In Name Only" or a "Fox News liberal".[4] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Democrat in Name Only. ...

Bob Garfield, interviewing Colmes for On the Media, asked him if he were "the human straw man" and a "foil" rather than an equal of Hannity. Colmes replied that if the conservative members of the audience saw him that way that was "their problem", and said "It's more fun for me to be in a situation like this [where much of the audience disagrees with him] than to preach to the choir!"[5] Bob Garfield writes the Ad Review TV-commercial criticism feature in Advertising Age. ... On the Media is an hour-long weekly radio program produced by New York Public Radio WNYC. It is broadcast on Sunday morning in New York City, and syndicated nationwide on other public radio stations. ...

On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart refers to the show as Hannity and Whatever. It has been suggested that List of awards won by The Daily Show be merged into this article or section. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning[2] American comedian, satirist, actor, writer, author, and producer. ...

Conservative Jewish pundit Ben Shapiro has attacked Colmes, declaring him a "self-hating Jew" for some of his views on Israeli military policy.[6] Ben Shapiro Ben Shapiro (born 1984 in Burbank, California) is an Orthodox Jew and conservative political columnist and author from Burbank, California. ... Self-hating Jew (or self-loathing Jew) is an epithet used about Jews, which suggests a hatred of ones Jewish identity or ancestry. ...


  • Colmes was the last voice heard on 66 WNBC and counted down the time before WNBC was replaced by WFAN.
  • Colmes was also the last voice heard on WEVD. It was replaced with ESPN Radio.
  • Colmes during the mid-1990s hosted an afternoon syndicated radio show. He originated the "radio graffiti" concept where callers were given five seconds to state a point without interruption by the host. Sean Hannity later adopted the practice.

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  1. ^ http://mediamatters.org/items/200702060009
  2. ^ http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Hannity_%26_Colmes
  3. ^ http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1158
  4. ^ An Aggressive Conservative vs. a Liberal to be Determined By Steve Rendall
  5. ^ No Liberal Limbaughs-onthemedia.org
  6. ^ Townhall.com, Ben Shapiro, Aug 26, 2006

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